Technical Seminar Report
The first ITA Technical Seminar of 2011 took place on Sunday April 17th in Shannon TKD Centre, Shannon Co. Clare. The ITA Technical & Instruction Committee; Master Kenneth Wheatley VII Dan, Mr. Niall Jones V Dan and Mr. Stephen Ryan V Dan conducted the seminar. The event was attended by 63 participants ranging from green belt to VI Dan black belt. The focus of the morning session was to cover the ITF patterns up to Yul Gok, with attention on the technical content, performance, creation of power and how to create the sine wave correctly to maximize power. The afternoon session focused on patterns up to Choong Moo with special attention again on on the technical content of each pattern, using hand speed to create dynamic and powerful movements, and following the training secrets of Taekwon-Do. Mr. Ryan also conducted a session on the ITA kicking syllabus with focus on the progression of the kicks, exercises to improve the leg strength and technique of each kicking progression. The step-sparring requirements for the Dan grades and the Dan grade patterns up to Tong-il were covered in the final session of the day as well as a presentation on the "Do" and Moral Culture of Taekwon-Do by Master Wheatley. The feedback from the participants was very positive and we are already looking forward to the next technical seminar in Donabate, Co. Dublin on June 5th.
Posted by Stephen Ryan